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Douglas County Historical Society

at Historic Fort Omaha
30th & Fort Streets

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5730 N. 30 St, #11B Omaha, NE 68111

Phone: 402-455-9990
Fax: 402-453-9448
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General Crook House
Monday - Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
1 to 4 p.m.

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February 14
Second Sunday Talk
Omaha's Jobbers Canyon
2 pm
Fort Omaha Campus Building 10, Room 110

The development of Jobber's Canyon exemplified Omaha's emergence as a central hub in the U.S. transportation system in the early 20th century. In 1989, 24 buildings in the historic district were demolished to make room for the ConAgra corporate headquarters. This sparked national front page coverage, protests, and federal court battles.

Join us for a panel discussion on the area’s history as well as the efforts to save it from the wrecking ball.

The talk is presented by the Douglas County Historical Society with funding provided by the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Memorial Foundation.

This Second Sunday Talk will be held on February 14 at 2 pm at the Fort Omaha campus of Metro Community College in Building 10 Room 110. The event is free for members and $5 for non-members. Please call 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or email members@douglascohistory.org for reservations.
 

February 15
Closed for President's Day Holiday

February 24
Reader's Circle - Inklings by Jeff Koterba
Noon
General Crook House Museum

DCHS is pleased to announce Reader's Circle, which will focus on authors from Douglas County. This month's meeting will be on February 24 at noon at the Crook House Museum.

Our book will be "Inklings" by Jeff Koterba. When Jeffrey Koterba was six, he started drawing his first cartoons, painstakingly copying from the Sunday Omaha World Herald’s funny papers and making up his own characters. With a pen and a sheet of white paper, he was able to escape into a world that was clean, expansive, and comfortable—a refuge from the pandemonium surrounding him.

If you are interested in participating in the Reader's Circle, please call 402-455-9990 ext. 101 or email members@douglascohistory.org. Cost to participate is $5 for members and $10 for non members. Special thanks to our sponsor Duggars Cafe who will be providing treats for participants.
 

February 28
DCHS and MCC’s Great Plains Theatre Conference
Presents a Reading of an Excerpt from Northside Carnation and Discussion
2 pm
Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, Room 110

Northside Carnation by Denise Chapman is a play based on the life of Mildred Brown, matriarch of Omaha’s north side and founder of the Omaha Star newspaper, a channel of communication for Omaha’s African American community. The play journeys across four decades of Omaha history and explores the struggles and triumphs of a leader and a community in a time of great change, asking the question, "Where do we need to go from here?"

This event is a short reading/discussion of an excerpt of the play. A full production will take place on May 29th at the Elks Lodge, 2420 Lake St. The final performance will be presented as part of the Great Plains Theatre Conference PlayFest.

This project is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, Nebraska Arts Council, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.